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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - Palo Alto
  • 650 Page Mill Road
  • Palo Alto
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1050
  • Tel:+1 650 493 9300
  • Fax:+1 650 493 6811
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  • Chairman: Larry W Sonsini
  • Managing Partners: Douglas Clark, John T Sheridan
  • Number of partners: 192
  • Number of attorneys: 650
  • International offices The firm also has offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing and Brussels.

Firm Overview:
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the financial institutions that invest in them. The firm advises and represents clients in a vast array of industries at all stages of development, from venture-backed start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property and antitrust, among many other areas of law. Over the past five decades, the firm has established its reputation by having a superior knowledge of its clients’ industries, as well as deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector.

Main Areas of Practice:
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s main areas of practice include: corporate law and governance; corporate finance – private equity, public equity and debt finance; mergers and acquisitions; litigation – securities litigation, intellectual property litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, business litigation and counseling, Internet strategy and litigation, white-collar crime, internal and government investigations, employment law and appeals; intellectual property counseling and transactions – technology transactions, trade secret and employee mobility, intellectual property counseling and patents, global outsourcing transactions, trademarks, consumer regulatory and privacy, copyrights, and advertising; antitrust counseling and litigation; employee benefits and compensation; global generics; export controls and economic sanctions; energy and infrastructure finance; energy innovation and clean technology; privacy and data security; national security; project development and finance; real estate and environmental; and tax.

International Work:
With roots in Silicon Valley and offices in technology hubs throughout the US, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati long has had a national presence with a global reach. In addition, to better serve its clients overseas, the firm opened its first international office, in Shanghai, China, in 2007, and a second international office, in Hong Kong, in 2010. In 2011, the firm opened its first European office in Brussels, Belgium, and in 2012 added an office in Beijing. Over the past five decades, the firm has developed a wide-ranging international practice, with particular strength in Asia, Europe, and North America. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati represents both US and foreign clients in a variety of international matters including: cross-border mergers and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, foreign investment, branch operations, intellectual property, and litigation.

Clients:
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s client base includes: communications and networking, electronics/ computer hardware, information services, life sciences and medical devices, media and entertainment, retail and consumer products and services, semiconductors, software, energy technology, and venture capital and financial institutions.

Branches

  • 650 Page Mill Road,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1050
  • Tel +1 650 493 9300
  • Fax +1 650 493 6811
  • Email : wsgr@wsgr.com
  • Website : www.wsgr.com
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  • 15th Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071
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  • 12235 El Camino Real,
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  • San Diego,
  • California
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  • One Market Street,
  • Spear Tower,
  • Suite 3300,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
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  • Georgetown,
  • Delaware
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  • 1700 K Street, NW,
  • Fifth Floor,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
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  • 1301 Avenue of the Americas,
  • 40th Floor,
  • New York,
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  • NY 10019-6022
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  • Email : newyorkcity@wsgr.com
  • 900 South Capital of Texas Highway,
  • Las Cimas IV, Fifth Floor,
  • Austin,
  • Texas
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  • TX 78746-5546
  • Tel +1 512 338 5400
  • Fax +1 512 338 5499
  • Email : austin@wsgr.com
  • 701 Fifth Avenue,
  • Suite 5100,
  • Seattle,
  • Washington
  • USA
  • WA 98104-7036
  • Tel +1 206 883 2500
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  • Email : seattle@wsgr.com

Capital Markets - California

What the team is known for Popular choice for the full range of capital markets work, with emergent strength in cross-border transactions. Noted for its strength in investment bank representations and plentiful experience advising issuer clients, particularly in the tech sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Wilson is one of the premier firms for tech companies, helping them grow from early stage startups all the way through to becoming a public company. They have good commercial awareness and they understand our space and industry - their technical expertise and domain knowledge is very valuable to us."

"They've got a great reputation and are regarded as one of the top tech-oriented law firms, with a lot of transactional experience."

"Wilson sees a lot of Silicon Valley tech companies, so it not only has legal expertise but can tell us what the market is like and what best practices are. They can survey the market within their firm." 

Work highlights Represented Tesla Motors in its $660 million convertible senior notes offering.

Represented real estate website Trulia in its follow-on equity offering, valuing $185 million.

Notable practitioners  

John Fore is an expert in the representation of tech and telecommunication companies who continues to be regarded as a leader in the debt market. Sources enthuse: "He is credible, experienced and he has great perspective."

Jeff Saper is sought out for his expertise in IPOs and tech company representation. He notably handled the follow-on offering of Palo Alto Networks and has been described by observers as "a trusted leader who is uniformly respected by board directors and has enormous amounts of experience."

Larry Sonsini is a well-known and much-admired figure in the capital markets space. He continues to represent Tesla Motors, having handled its $660 million convertible senior notes offering.

"Rock star" Katharine Martin is building an impressive practice and has cut her teeth on some of the most significant capital markets deals of recent times, including the LinkedIn IPO. Clients say "she has a marvelous reputation" in the debt and equity sphere.

Significant clients Gigamon, Infosys, Netflix, JPMorgan Securities.

Corporate/M&A - California

What the team is known for Premier corporate and M&A practice with a longstanding reputation in Silicon Valley. Particularly known for representation of startups, emerging companies and venture capital funds in the technology space, in addition to public companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Wilson Sonsini is the brand standard for venture capital legal representation in Silicon Valley."

"We get great value from Wilson Sonsini. They're very creative and the service we get is excellent."

"They have a historical place in emerging company work in Silicon Valley which is obviously tremendous."

Work highlights Acted for Microchip Technology on the $939 million acquisition of Standard Microsystems.

Acted on Meraki's $40 million Series D financing.

Notable practitioners  

Clients are full of praise for the "terrific" Larry Sonsini, chairman of Wilson Sonsini and an established figure in the Northern California market. He recently acted for salesforce.com on its acquisition of ExactTarget for $2.5 billion.

Peers regard Steven Bochner as a "terrific lawyer" in the venture capital space, where he specializes in company-side venture financings. Clients say he is "wise" and appreciate his "very broad experience." 

Head of the M&A practice Martin Korman focuses on transactions in the technology sector. He recently acted for Gilead Sciences on the acquisition of YM BioSciences for $510 million.

Michael Ringler is held in high esteem by clients and peers alike, with sources naming him "an exceptional M&A lawyer" and "a real M&A talent." He represented Merki in its $1.2 billion acquisition by Cisco.

Jeff Saper focuses on advising emerging growth companies from financing to IPO or sale. Peers identify him as "an uber-lawyer who works around the clock," and clients appreciate the "enormous amount of experience" he brings to a transaction.

The highly experienced Casey McGlynn is known to be "terrific in the life sciences," where he represents startups and emerging growth companies. His practice also covers transactions in the technology and telecoms spaces.

Bob Latta is noted for his work in venture capital financings and M&A. The technology sector is a particular area of expertise.

San Diego-based Martin Waters focuses on M&A transactions and the representation of emerging growth companies. Recent work includes acting for Outdoor Channel Holdings on its $265 million acquisition by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.

Significant clients Expedia, Google, McAfee, LinkedIn, Sequoia Capital.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - California

What the team is known for Strong group of dedicated employee benefits and executive compensation attorneys. Well versed in a wide range of matters in this area, including the development and application of contracts, cash and equity incentives, and 401(k) plans.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They were outstanding - I couldn't have asked for a better firm. I would not hesitate to hire them again.'

"Very technical and know the exact rules - they provide a very good perspective on writing proposals understandably and in plain English."

Work highlights Acted in an employee benefits and executive compensation capacity for Salesforce.com during its $2.5 billion acquisition of Exact Target.

Provided employee benefits and executive compensation counsel for Meraki in its $1.2 billion acquisition by Cisco Systems.

Notable practitioners

John Aguirre's broad practice includes tax, ERISA and securities law matters, and he remains a popular choice in the market. One appreciative client noted: "I look for legal excellence and technical expertise as well as practical and pragmatic help, and excellent customer service. When I think about our outside lawyers, Wilson Sonsini, and John especially, are at the very top."

Significant clients Applied Materials, Echelon, Google, Riverbed Technology, Williams-Sonoma.

Intellectual Property - California

What the team is known for Broad-ranging practice with transactional and disputes expertise in trademark, trade secret, copyright and advertising law, as well as patents. Represents a fine choice of counsel for startup technology companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A great team; very sophisticated technically, with an excellent scientific understanding."

"They are a very seasoned IP team, and they know exactly what technology companies need."

What's new? The firm's litigation practice was recently augmented by the arrival of a team of dedicated IP litigators from Sidley Austin, who will primarily be based in the firm's new San Francisco office. 

Work highlights Defended a copyright infringement suit brought by Righthaven against an individual blogger on a pro bono basis. The case was dismissed at both the district and federal level, on the grounds that the license agreement on which Righthaven's case rested was judged to be invalid.

Successfully settled a patent infringement matter between McAfee and plaintiff Intellectual Ventures. The patents at issue concerned anti-virus software.

Notable practitioners

John Slafsky specializes in trademark, copyright and advertising law, and is characterized as "knowledgeable and very good at strategizing" by his clients. He successfully defended GoDaddy from allegations of contributory cybersquatting in a case brought by Petronas, Malaysia's state oil and gas company.

Edward Poplawski is a proficient trial lawyer, who heads up the firm's IP litigation practice. His clients praise his "expertise and perspective," describing him as "very thoughtful, very good with the procedures and really knowledgeable about the law."

David Kramer is described by his clients as "a very seasoned litigator, and a fantastic resource." He specializes in copyright litigation and internet strategy, and has represented Google and its subsidiaries in a number of high-profile cases

Significant clients Aruba Networks, Dropbox, Sequoia Capital, Spotify, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

IT & Outsourcing - California

What the team is known for Silicon Valley giants with a strong focus on IT technology transactions. Expertise includes technology procurement, licensing, strategic alliances and patent license agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Wilson Sonsini see their role as helping make the client successful not just with legal advice but also by introducing them to venture capitalists, potential recruits, partners and customers. They go to bat for their clients."

"My experience with the partners is that they're extremely experienced, very bright and extremely professional."

Work highlights Assisted education software specialists Kno in its agreement with Samsung to have Kno's digital textbook app preloaded on Samsung's GalaxyNote 10.1 tablet.

Represented Hewlett-Packard in the recent sale of its webOS operating system to LG Electronics. As part of the deal, HP will retain all of the cloud service-related IP of webOS.

Notable practitioners  

Suzanne Bell is an expert on technology transactions, including strategic alliances. Clients note that "she is very responsive, she is detail-oriented and she has such deep experience with technology companies it means she knows exactly what we need." She took the lead role in the firm's work for Polycom working on the IP aspects of its divestiture of Spectralink to Sun Capital.

Michael Murphy maintains a broad technology practice with particular expertise in licensing issues and patents. One source states that "he is probably the smartest lawyer I've ever met," another adds that "he's business-practical."

Significant clients Advanced Micro Devices, Dropbox, Google, InterDigital, TiVo.

Life Sciences - California

What the team is known for A major player in the corporate and transactional arena with a patent prosecution team noted for its skill with medical device patents.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An outstanding and well-connected team with a very deep knowledge of the life science space."

"They have been a big-deal firm in California for as long as the market has been around!" 

Work highlights Represented Aragon Pharmaceuticals in its $1 billion acquisition by Johnson & Johnson. Aragon focuses its research on the treatment of hormonally driven cancers.

Provided IP representation for Verinata Health in connection with its $450 million acquisition by Illumina. Verinata specializes in the provision of noninvasive tests for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. 

Notable practitioners  

Casey McGlynn is a hugely experienced transactional attorney, who works extensively with startups. His peers describe him as "an enormously well-regarded lawyer, particularly in the medical device space."

Vern Norviel is described by peers as "experienced, seasoned and strategic." He focuses on optimizing intellectual property assets for his clients and is well regarded for his capabilities in patent prosecution, litigation and licensing.

Kenneth Clark is a leading figure in the firm's corporate practice, with a reputation as a go-to practitioner for emerging companies. He recently represented NuMedii in a strategic alliance with Aptalis Pharma to develop novel treatments for cystic fibrosis and gastrointestinal disorders.

Ian Edvalson is a well-known figure in the corporate team. He recently represented Gilead in the $510 million acquisition of YM Biosciences.

Significant clients Actelion, Array BioPharma, Astellas Pharma, Gilead, Mylan.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Impressive standing in securities litigation with deep expertise in shareholder class actions. Offers additional representation to clients in SEC investigations, derivative disputes and litigation arising from M&A transactions. Further class action expertise in commercial disputes involving consumer class actions relating to unfair competition and consumer protection.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Subject matter expertise and practicality are the two characteristics that make them very cost-effective and efficient."

"They have been very good in securities litigation." 

Work highlights Acted for former and current directors of Hewlett-Packard in defense of a shareholder derivatives action alleging the violation of both Delaware and federal securities law.

Represented YouTube in defense of putative class action claims alleging copyright violation. 

Notable practitioners  

Securities specialist Boris Feldman is described by sources as an "absolutely terrific" lawyer who is "very wise, very able to take leadership on a case and is clearly in command of very complicated cases." He primarily represents companies from the technology, life sciences and investment banking industries.

The "very capable" Nina Locker focuses on securities law, both in litigation and general corporate counseling. She recently defended Juniper Networks in a putative suit alleging false or misleading reporting of financial results.

Steven Schatz's practice encompasses both securities and general commercial disputes. He handles SEC investigations, M&A litigation and the defense of shareholder class actions.

Keith Eggleton elicits praise from sources for being "very pragmatic and very strategic in his approach to managing litigation." He handles the defense of consumer fraud and advertising litigation, as well as securities litigation and counseling.

Significant clients Google, Netflix, Stryker, McAfee, Janus Capital Group.

Tax - California

What the team is known for Has built a fine reputation for its tax practice, which focuses predominantly on M&A. Undertakes a high volume of matters in the technology space, representing a number of major Silicon Valley brands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Probably one of the best corporate tax firms out there." 

Work highlights Acted for Salesforce.com in a number of tax issues following its acquisition of ExactTarget, a deal worth $2.5 billion.

Undertook tax matters for Trulia following its $355 million deal to acquire Market Leader.

Notable practitioners

Ivan Humphreys is "definitely one of the leaders in corporate M&A," according to peers, with some 30 years working in the area. He recently led the firm's representation in tax matters for Salesforce.com in its acquisition of ExactTarget.

Jonathan Zhu is a "super, super smart guy" who is noted for his ability to "keep the bigger picture in mind" on international tax deals. He recently acted for Golden Wheel Tiandi in a bond offering worth CNY600 million.

Sean Moran is a "diligent" lawyer who "really knows tax law," according to sources. He has extensive experience of working in matters relating to renewable energy.

Significant clients Jive Software, Google, Nuance Communications, SolarCity, Vivint Solar.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Maintains an impressive bench of antitrust attorneys at both junior and senior levels in its DC office. Particularly well known for its capacity to advise clients in the technology sphere.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I see some really good lawyers at Wilson Sonsini." 

"Subject matter expertise and practicality are the two characteristics of the lawyers we've been using." 

Work highlights Represented Bazaarvoice in a civil lawsuit brought by the DOJ concerning Bazaarvoice's acquisition of PowerReviews.

Acted for Mylan in a case brought against Warner Chilcott alleging delaying of entry to the generic market of the drug Doryx.

Notable practitioners  

Susan Creighton is widely praised for the strength of her antitrust practice, which encompasses the full range of matters, from investigations to civil litigation. One impressed client describes her as "brilliant -  extremely even-tempered and very easy to work with on strategy and the big picture."

Scott Sher is a "really terrific" lawyer who provides "amazingly fast and very thorough analysis." He recently represented InterDigital in a US International Trade Commission investigation alleging various breaches of InterDigital's patent by other major companies.

Former DOJ lawyer Mark Rosman is a "hard-working" lawyer who is "a fair-minded, strong advocate." His workload is primarily focused upon cartel matters.

Significant clients Autodesk, Google, Micron Technology, Twitter, Universal Surveillance Systems.

Antitrust - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Highly regarded antitrust litigation shop which continues to excel in the technology and intellectual property area. Represents clients across the spectrum of agency investigations as well as private and class action litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A fantastic team of experts in their fields, providing top-notch service."

"They were great at communication and amenable to our needs."

Work highlights Represented Mylan Pharmaceuticals in a case brought against Warner Chilcott alleging delay in the generic marketing of the drug Doryx.

Acted for Bazaarvoice on the defense of a suit brought by the DOJ concerning Bazaarvoice's acquisition of PowerReviews.

Notable practitioners  

Sources call Susan Creighton an "incredibly persuasive writer" and "a strategic genius." She has an outstanding antitrust practice based around technology, and recently acted for InterDigital on an ITC case brought against a number of cellphone manufacturers, alleging infringement of InterDigital's patent.

Jonathan Jacobson is a "fantastic" attorney who "has a unique grasp of the law and is a great person to work with." He is noted as a leading litigator, and of late acted for Google in a counterclaim brought by MyTriggers alleging antitrust violations.

Mark Rosman is highly thought of for his cartel practice, with sources calling him "a hard-working, talented criminal attorney." He is currently representing a number of parties in the multinational autoparts investigations.

Significant clients Clear Channel, HTC, LinkedIn, NVIDIA, Netgear.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Palo Alto.

What the team is known for Highly sought after for its work representing clients in the technology sector on IPOs and other equity offerings. Also handles an array of debt transactions.

Work highlights Represented Splunk on its $331.8 million follow-on offering.

Represented Cornerstone OnDemand on its $253 million convertible senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Saper is held in high regard by both peers and clients. His highlights include representing the underwriters in Infoblox's $100 million follow-on offering.  

Significant clients Active Power, Gigamon, Infosys Technology, Netflix, JPMorgan Securities.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Francisco and Seattle.

What the team is known for Preeminent technology sector firm and a key player in the M&A market. Represents private and public companies in high-value and business-critical transactions, with particular strength in the venture capital space. Also advises a number of life science and clean technology clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their strength in the technology space puts them in a position to play a lead role in interesting transactions. I think Wilson is number one in their industry and, as a result, are involved in some interesting deals."

"Wilson historically has a good foothold in Silicon Valley. A large group of lawyers there have worked with technology companies and have been with Wilson for a long time. They've been successful because they have been able to work for clients on both sides of deals."

Work highlights Acted for Micron Technology on the $2.5 billion acquisition of Elpida Memory.

Advised Climate Corporation on its $1.1 billion sale to Monsanto.

Notable practitioners

Larry Sonsini is chairman of the firm and a key contact.

Significant clients Autodesk, LinkedIn, Netflix, Riverbed Technology, eHealth.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

What the team is known for Impressive practice known for its diversified client list and strong track record in a range of work including advising companies on venture deals and working with funds on their investments. Particularly strong ties with technology clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are an indigenous venture capital team and remain among the top groups in the area." 

Work highlights Advised biotechnology company Sequenta on its series C financing, which raised $20 million.

Represented Skyonic Corporation in its series C financing. The carbon-negative chemistry company raised $48 million. 

Notable practitioners  

Jeff Saper has a strong practice representing companies in the IPO stage and is described by sources as a "trusted leader with enormous amounts of experience."

Steven Bochner has decades of experience representing emerging companies in Silicon Valley. He recently advised Good Technology on its $50 million series C financing.

Market observers attest that Larry Sonsini is "one of the most prominent lawyers in Silicon Valley" and a legendary figure in the venture capital space.

Significant clients Apptio, Cheezburger, Indix, Photobucket, UnifySquare.

Life Sciences - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Diego and San Francisco.

What the team is known for A powerhouse corporate team, specializing in representing emerging companies. Also demonstrates strength across areas such as IP counseling, FDA matters and litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very creative about how they approach problems and strategy, and have a lot of talented people."

Work highlights Represented Pharmacyclics in a $60 million worldwide agreement to develop and commercialize PCI-27483.

Provided IP representation to Envoy Therapeutics in relation to its $140 million acquisition by Takeda America Holdings. 

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Clark is a prominent figure in the corporate team, and works extensively with emerging companies. Peers praise him as "a good advocate for his clients."

Casey McGlynn is a seasoned transactional attorney and is particularly rated for his work with medical device companies. His practice focuses on the financing and corporate needs of early-stage companies.

Significant clients Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inviragen, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, CytomX, Verinata Health.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Significant number of attorneys who have previously held high-profile positions within the major regulators, including the FTC. Renowned litigation practice with an impressive track record defending claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act and Video Privacy Protection Act.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The accessibility, speed of response and ability to give practical advice are exceptional."

"I have been extremely satisfied as they do very good work at fair prices."

Work highlights Successfully defended Google in obtaining dismissal of 20 putative class actions alleging the company inappropriately placed cookies on Safari internet browsers.

Defended various clients, including Twitter, Casting360 and Square, in claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act alleging invasion of privacy through the receipt of unwanted text messages

Notable practitioners  

A former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the FTC, Lydia Parnes has an impressive background in regulatory investigations. She continues to represent prominent corporations in high-profile investigations, with one recent matter seeing her negotiate a $23 million settlement with the FTC on behalf of Google over alleged privacy violations. Her experience is greatly appreciated by clients, who say that "she is superb in both the depth of her legal knowledge and the savviness she brings concerning the privacy and data security environment."

Significant clients Chrysler, Epsilon, GoDaddy, Spotify, Sprint.

Projects - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Seattle, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Washington DC. 

What the team is known for Acts for lenders and sponsors on cleantech and renewable energy projects. Experience advising on a range of matters including solar, wind, hydro and biofuels projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are bright and responsive and have a lot of experience doing deals so they have a good pulse of what the market is."

"They are very high-quality and have good expertise in cleantech, so can advise on what's market."

Work highlights Acted for Bechtel Development on the development, construction and financing of the Soda Mountain project, a 350 MW solar facility in California.

Acted for Own Energy in relation to a tax equity investment made in wind projects by New Jersey Resources.

Notable practitioners  

Todd Glass is a renewable energy and cleantech lawyer who, sources say, is "intellectually curious and keeps learning." He advised Metrus Energy on the financing and development of a number of energy efficiency projects.

Peter Mostow has an energy and cleantech practice which includes the representation of clients in project finance matters. He acted for Kilowatt Financial on the acquisition and restructuring of the tax equity interests in a number of residential solar power portfolios. One client attests: "He helps bridge differences and advises me on where I need to hold my ground and where something is not worth falling on your sword."

Christopher Groobey is a "thoughtful, knowledgeable project finance guy" who focuses on the renewable energy sector. He acted for Silicon Valley Bank on the financing of a portfolio of fuel cell power generation facilities. One impressed market observer comments that "he has an ability to look past small details and spot the big issues and find a solution."

Sean Moran is a tax attorney who has been active in the renewable energy project finance sector. He regularly advises clients on issues such as tax equity investments in renewable energy developments. He recently acted for a number of clients on a leveraged sale and leaseback financing of a wind farm projects portfolio in California with a value of over $2 billion.

Significant clients Cobalt Technologies, EchoFirst Solar, Google Energy, SunRun, Union Bank.

Securities - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Antitrust - New York

What the team is known for Highly rated for its work in the technology arena, acting for some of the world's leading electronics and hi-tech companies. Well versed in all areas of merger review, litigation and antitrust counseling.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're a firm I like a lot - really very savvy in the technology arena."

Work highlights Represented Bazaarvoice in litigation against the DOJ concerning its acquisition of PowerReviews.

Acted for Transitions Optical in the multidistrict photochromic lens antitrust litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Jacobson is a "leading light" in the New York Bar who "knows his antitrust law better than almost anybody." He has been lead litigator on a number of recent major cases, including acting for Bazaarvoice in its significant case against the DOJ.

Charles Biggio is a "really excellent lawyer," according to sources, who note his fine rapport with clients. He was part of the team acting for Live Nation and Clear Channel in the live concert antitrust litigation.

Chul Pak is a "great litigator" who has been involved in several recent litigation cases, including the photochromic antitrust case for Transitions Optical. "He is extremely insightful, very unassuming and very focused on client service," said one interviewee.

Significant clients The Nielsen Company, Coca-Cola, Google, HTC, Netflix.

Technology - Texas

What the team is known for Highly regarded commercial technology practice with strong expertise in M&A, financings and IPOs, and formidable experience advising on venture capital deals. Sector expertise in clean technology, communications and information technology. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They handle deals of the highest caliber." 

Work highlights Worked closely with Microchip Technology on its $939 million acquisition of Standard Microsystems.

Advised uShip on its $18 million Series B financing led by Kleiner Perkins.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Beard is a "fantastic" lawyer who assists clients with a variety of corporate and securities matters, including IPOs and M&A deals. He has considerable experience representing emerging companies, as well as leading venture capital investors both in state and nationwide.

Paul Tobias has considerable experience advising clients on M&A, public and private offerings, with a strong client base of emerging companies and investors. He is praised by sources for his "collaborative approach to cases." 

The "fantastic" Robert Suffoletta has a broad roster of clients including computer software and hardware companies, clean energy companies, investment banks and venture capital funds. He recently represented National Instruments in its acquisition of education technology company Digilent.

Up-and-coming partner Joseph Alcorta was part of the team advising uShip on its Series B financing worth $18 million. Sources describe him as "an excellent lawyer."  

Significant clients Active Power, iFly, Rackspace, Sysco, Volusion.

Corporate/Commercial - Washington

What the team is known for Solid reputation for advising clients in the life sciences and technology sectors, as well as a range of high-growth businesses. Advises on M&A, IPOs and secondary offerings, among other areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It is a great practice, really getting traction."

"It is a powerhouse, great on the private equity side."

"They have a strong reputation in the startup market."  

Work highlights Represented RealNetworks in its acquisition of Slingo Inc, the online games company.

Advised Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan as underwriters of Pandora Media's $530 million secondary offering.

Advised LiveMocha in its acquisition of Rosetta Stone.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Schultheis is the managing partner of the firm's Seattle office, and advises clients on all stages of their corporate development in the healthcare, technology and life sciences sectors. Peers note that "he's amazing at taking companies public, and has a great reputation." He recently advised NanoString Technologies on its $54 million IPO.

Clients say Craig Sherman is "a lawyer's lawyer. Very knowledgeable and experienced," and someone who "lays out recommendations clearly." He advises banks, venture capital firms and businesses on public offerings and private placements. He advised MetricsHub in relation to its acquisition by Microsoft.

Michael Nordtvedt is considered "a sharp young attorney" by peers. He represents medical device, life sciences and technology companies through all stages of their business life, and recently advised Valent Biosciences on its acquisition of Pace International.

Significant clients Bungie, Photobucket, eHealth.

Intellectual Property - Washington

What the team is known for A diverse offering across trademarks, copyright, advertising and patents, including transactional matters and litigation. Especially active in the technology, media and life sciences industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They put themselves in your shoes when developing strategies. They don't just punch the clock. They are exceptionally good at what they do and it shows. "

Work highlights Represented Expedia in connection with its commercial agreement with Travelocity, allowing the latter access to Expedia's travel services and products.

Advises Amazon.com on trademark enforcement, acquisitions and contentious matters, including license agreements and domain name issues.

Advises Bungie on brand clearance, trademark management and filings, and enforcement matters.

Notable practitioners

Aaron Hendelman is head of the firm's advertising, trademarks and copyright practice, and advises clients on unfair competition, as well as retail, consumer and internet-related issues. Lately, he has been advising Amazon.com on trademark enforcement, domain name matters and license agreements.

Significant clients Lucasfilm, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, Netflix.